16 Days Against Violence Campaign Day 14

Get behind the community’s efforts

There is a tendency for governments to fund advertising and promotional campaigns on family violence at the expense of critical service delivery and infrastructure support.

“For us, the risk is that large scale, high cost campaigns attract resources at the expense of pioneering best practice grassroots and business engagement programs that are being undertaken,” CEO Jocelyn Bignold said.

She urges governments to support community campaigns and initiatives at a local and statewide level which are working to change our cultural acceptance of violence.

“The Fed Up Lunch, the brainchild of five young men, is a perfect example of grass roots awareness raising and a very important mechanism for developing a deeper understanding among the general community of what family violence is and how it manifests,” Ms Bignold said.

“Our Special Events 24/7 Committee is another example of a group advocating over many years to end family violence as well as raising funds to keep our 24/7 safe house open.”

Ms Bignold said that groups and individuals across Victoria were all working in their own way to raise awareness about the impact of family violence on the community.

“We should encourage these efforts and acknowledge them appropriately.”

Our Champions of Change and Social Justice Youth Ambassadors are among the Victorians making a change.